Ralph Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first Southampton match on Saturday as the team travel to Cardiff City.

The Austrian’s appointment at St Mary’s Stadium was confirmed on Wednesday following the club’s decision to relieve Mark Hughes of his duties at the start of the week.

Hasenhuttl has not had long to work with his new group of players but will have taken plenty away from watching Southampton’s 3-1 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

He will, however, be faced with some absentees for the trip to Wales. Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand are likely to miss out, with Michael Obafemi also sidelined.

Neil Warnock’s side are sure to provide the Saints with a stern test as they bid to bounce back from a 3-1 loss of their own. The Bluebirds were well beaten by West Ham on Tuesday evening.

It’s a crucial game for Southampton and a win could lift them out of the relegation zone. Here is how we think Hasenhuttl will select his first ever starting line-up at the club.

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